Revisiting Tainan and Wikid!Last time I was here was November 2016. Visited with friends. This time I came with my mother. Location is quiet and a little away from the train station and city center, but is well worth the travel. The owners helped arrange for an electric scooter for us to move around, and with that mode of transport, it is easy to get around to visit sightseeing locations and night markets (Flower Garden and Ta Tung). Staying here also puts you in close proximity to Sicao Green Tunnel, Anping Old Street, Anping Tree House, the sunset platform, and eating places like Anping Bean Jelly, Wang Shi Fish Skin, Win Chang Beef Soup, etc. And returning to the guesthouse at night, to its quiet surroundings, is really a bliss! Stay here when you visit Tainan next! Photo from our Nov 2016 trip was still displayed on top of the piano in the public kitchen area!
Very cozy B&BVery cozy hotel and heart warming staff in An Ping! It is not a chain hotel but a family run one, husband and wife to be precise. Unlike the regular chain hotels give customers a commercial feel, here offers more home like atmosphere. Location close to some attractions like An Ping Old Fort, Salt Museum, Old Tait and Merchant House, Eternal Golden Castle, only 5 mins drive, and walking distance to the beach. The best thing I love about this place is that they have a public kitchen on 1st floor. I have been traveling a lot and lost appetite sometimes. At those moment，a bowl of soup or some steam veggie will bring me comfort so I always appreciate hotel with kitchenette. Room decor is very cute, and I see a kid area on first floor as well. A good place to take the kids here, they will certainly have fun. Another thing I like is instead of small travel size bottle of shampoo and shower gel, they use family size of bottle and refillable. I don't need to worry the small bottle not enough for me to wash the long hair, and refillable family size is quite environmental friendly. Hotel staff are very heart warming, they offer some snacks and suggestions of where to go during the stay. Although they don't look like 5 stars hotel concierge with professional smile, but they definitely welcome your stay with sincere hospitality. And the last, the pricing is way cheaper than name brand hotels like Ambassador or silks hotel, roughly around $50-80 bucks compare with $150 to $300. Service and room are decent.
Sweet childhood pictureWarm and Comfy Experience! Sitting on the massage chair, watching the kids playing at the playground, I felt totally relaxed and refreshed! The host and the hostess were hospitable~ they shared the story of the hotel with us. I realized it was not only a comfy hotel but a place full of dreams of my childhood! Thank you for the great experience!
Stay at your own riskWe specifically picked this place for the décor, as what kid could resist a robot themed room with two giant robots smashing into the room over your bed? We stayed for two nights. Pros: The décor is fantastic, kids will love the place, it looked clean. Cons: The price is more expensive than a downtown business hotel. Location is far away in the middle of nowhere, and an expensive taxi ride to downtown. The décor is all surface. It’s a hot, exposed concrete building with big windows that turn the building into a sauna. Each room has an air conditioner that doesn’t work, so it has an industrial fan in the ceiling to compensate. The room temperature at night was 29 degrees Celsius. With the air conditioner on for 2 hours, the temperature dropped to a humid 27 degrees. There are no on site staff in the morning, nor at night. Staff only seem to appear for check in and check out. There’s only a sign that says to call 119 if there’s an emergency. The robot room had a hole with exposed electrical wires in the bathroom wall above the mirror. They market themselves as “environmentally friendly”, but simply try to save money on power, by lack of air conditioning, and expecting guests to only use the elevator when going up, and use the stairs when going down. Terrifyingly, each landing of the stairwell has a one foot square hole to the floor below, so a small child could literally fall from the fifth floor, all the way to the basement. There is a thin wooden frame around it, but the holes are uncovered, it’s literally an accident waiting to happen. This hostel claims to have a hotel license, even has the name “Hotel” on their business cards, but they don’t appear to meet the basic standards of a “minshuku”. They also didn’t provide government required receipts. The robot room’s bathroom has a huge bathtub, but it’s just for show. The water flow is a mere trickle, so it would take all night to actually fill the tub (so much for being environmentally friendly). Yet oddly enough, the shower has the force of a pressure washer; it’s actually painful to shower. There is a great children’s playground on the first floor, filled with toys, and even a trampoline, there’s no indication they meet safety standards, or don’t use toxic materials. Right next to it, is a tangle of electrical wires and extension cords, all plugged into the sound system. The ceiling above has some paneling installed, but incomplete, sections are open. They do have a series of rickety bikes, no helmets, some for kids with training wheels almost falling off, and non-functioning night lights, so riding at night is hazardous. The nearest convenience store is at least a 20-30 minute walk with kids, and a terrifying bicycle ride with your children driving on the busy road alongside speeding cars, trucks, buses and scooters. There were also no sign of first-aid kits nor fire extinguishers, but they may exist. One day they did offer free hard-boiled eggs and toast, but with the temperature around 38 Celsius degrees indoors, there’s no way of knowing how long the food was sitting there, or prepared by food-safe certified staff. Bottom line, it looks good, but slightly uncomfortable and potentially dangerous, especially when the owners don’t seem too concerned about guests' safety.
Homely guesthouse with a big surpriseDrove 10-15mins from Tainan city center and came to stay at this incredibly designed guesthouse. Homely common area and kitchen, yet when you step into the rooms, you get a huge surprise. Check out my pictures. A total of 14 rooms with different themes, we got the "futuristic" theme this time around. Really awesome work! Chatted with the Taiwanese couple who started this guesthouse. The wife designs and the husband builds. Everything you see there is hand-made! Really great place and you've got to come check this place out yourself when you come by Tainan in future.
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